Certificate III in Aboriginal-sites Work

The qualification enables individuals to complete a core set of Aboriginal cultural competencies under recognised, appropriate cultural supervision and then to undertake work associated with inspecting, documenting and maintaining Aboriginal cultural and heritage sites.

The qualification is designed to reflect the role of individuals who work on Country and who perform a range of skilled tasks in relation to Aboriginal cultural landscapes which include discrete Aboriginal cultural sites. The qualification provides for Aboriginal-sites workers using discretion and judgement, and who have the ability to select, adapt and transfer skills to different situations.


Completion of fifteen (15) units of competency made up of nine (9) core unitsand six (6) elective units.

Units with an asterisk (*) have one or more pre-requisite units.

Core Units of Competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCASW301A

Protect places of Aboriginal cultural significance*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW302A

Relate Aboriginal culture to sites work*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW303A

Identify and record Aboriginal-sites, objects and cultural landscapes*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW308A

Apply cultural significance to Aboriginal-sites and landscapes*

add topic AHCASW302A Relate Aboriginal culture to sites work

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW310A

Move and store Aboriginal-sites cultural material*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW311A

Apply relevant legislation in Aboriginal-sites work

add topic AHCASW312A

Maintain an Aboriginal cultural site*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCILM306A

Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic BSBWHS302A

Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace

Elective Units of Competency

The workplace context for this qualification will vary, and this context must guide the selection of elective units.

select four (4) units from Group A

select two (2) additional units from Group A, Group B or units packaged in Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course

Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in Aboriginal-sites work.

Group A

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCASW305A

Work with Aboriginal ceremonial secret sacred materials*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW306A

Use technology in Aboriginal-sites work*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW307A

Map Aboriginal cultural landscapes*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW309A

Interpret Aboriginal cultural landscape*

add topic AHCASW302A Relate Aboriginal culture to sites work

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCILM305A

Work with an Aboriginal Community or organisation*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCILM307A

Implement Aboriginal cultural burning practices*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCILM510A

Plan for successful cultural practice at work*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

Group B

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCASW304A

Identify Indigenous culturally significant plants*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCASW501A

Survey and report on Aboriginal cultural sites*

add topic AHCILM306A Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

add topic AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic AHCCHM304A

Transport, handle and store chemicals

add topic AHCFAU301A

Respond to wildlife emergencies

add topic AHCILM201A

Maintain cultural places

add topic AHCILM203A

Record information about Country

add topic AHCILM301A

Propose appropriate uses of traditional customs

add topic AHCILM302A

Provide appropriate information on cultural knowledge

add topic AHCILM404A

Record and document Community history

add topic AHCINF301A

Implement property improvement, construction and repair

add topic AHCLPW301A

Supervise park visitor activities

add topic AHCLPW303A

Construct access tracks

add topic AHCLPW304A

Carry out inspection of designated area

add topic AHCLPW305A

Perform diving for scientific purposes

add topic AHCLPW306A

Undertake sampling and testing of water

add topic AHCLSC304A

Erect timber structures and features

add topic AHCMOM305A

Operate specialised machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM315A

Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

add topic AHCNAR201A

Carry out natural area restoration works

add topic AHCNAR301A

Maintain natural areas

add topic AHCNAR303A

Implement revegetation works

add topic AHCPCM301A

Implement a plant nutrition program

add topic AHCPCM302A

Provide information on plants and their culture

add topic AHCPCM303A

Identify plant specimens

add topic AHCPMG301A

Control weeds

add topic AHCVPT302A

Implement vertebrate pest control program

add topic AHCVPT303A

Survey pest animals

add topic AHCVPT306A

Apply animal trapping techniques

add topic AHCWRK303A

Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK304A

Respond to rescue incidents

add topic AHCWRK305A

Coordinate work site activities

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

add topic CPPSIS4005A

Collect basic GPS data

add topic CULATS501A

Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material

add topic CULCNM303A

Move and store collection material

add topic CULCNM503A

Manage the development of collections

add topic CULCNM602A

Develop and monitor procedures for the movement and storage of collection material

add topic CULMS002B

Research and evaluate Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural material

add topic CULMS010B

Contribute to the preservation of cultural material

add topic FPICOT2234B

Operate 4x4 vehicle

add topic FPIFGM2201B

Collect seed

add topic FPIFGM3202B

Extract seed

add topic LGAREGS305A

Undertake animal or reptile control duties

add topic PUAFIR204B

Respond to wildfire

add topic PUAFIR303B

Suppress wildfire


Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture


Work as a guide


Research and share general information on Australian Indigenous cultures


Prepare specialised interpretive content on flora, fauna and landscape


Prepare specialised interpretive content on cultural and heritage environments


Develop interpretive activities


Address protocol requirements


    Job Roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Rangers (Federal National Parks)

    Sites Officers (Aboriginal Land Councils)

    Aboriginal Development Officers (Catchment Management Authorities)

    Mining and Environmental Assessment Officers

    Cultural Heritage Officers and consultants

    Culture and Heritage Officers (National Parks)

    Field Workers (NSW National Parks and Wildlife)

    Aboriginal Tour Guides

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    some vocational experience working on Country or in Aboriginal cultural keeping places with Traditional Owners, Cultural managers, Aboriginal Land Councils, or Aboriginal communities but with no formal qualifications


    completion of the Recognise Aboriginal Cultural Sites Skill Set, or attendance and participation in Indigenous Leadership programs or other relevant non-accredited training

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, the Report on Aboriginal-Cultural Sites Skill Set.

    Additional qualification advice

    This qualification applies to all Aboriginal-sites workers. Cultural beliefs and practices vary across locations and communities however and in some situations non-Aboriginal learners may not be able to access the cultural knowledge and/or materials required to achieve competency in some of the core cultural units. This applies when restrictions are applied to non-Aboriginal people gaining access to cultural knowledge, material or sites. In these situations the Registered Training Organisation will have to make alternative arrangements for learners that are still consistent with delivery and assessment requirements.

    Note: The delivery and assessment against core cultural units must comply with Community protocols and be carried out in consultation with and in participation with Traditional Owners and/or Elders and custodians of that specific Country.

    There are eleven units of competency which require

    delivery and assessment in accordance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, cultural knowledge copyright considerations and Aboriginal lore/law restrictions, and

    an appropriate cultural authority’s involvement and participation in the training and assessment task. [This may be a Traditional Owner and/or Cultural Manager and/or Cultural Knowledge holder and/or Custodian.]

    It is essential that this requirement be respected and implemented in the delivery and assessment of these units to ensure cultural integrity in the qualification is maintained and to guarantee cultural authenticity and quality control around the delivery of training and assessment for Aboriginal-sites workers.

    There are further details in the Evidence Guide for these units.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although it is recommended that participants undertaking this qualification have the endorsement of their local Aboriginal Community and local Aboriginal leadership prior to enrolling in this qualification.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required for an Aboriginal-sites worker. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


completing documentation on Sites recording

discussing aspects of Sites work trends with colleagues

presenting information sessions to customers/visitors

seeking feedback on services from clients/visitors


sharing information with colleagues

showing sensitivity to cultural and social differences when communicating with others

working with others on Sites monitoring and maintenance


interpreting and applying cultural understanding to propose culturally appropriate solutions for contextual problems/issues

considering how current industry information could be used to improve work practices

responding to complaints

responding to equipment failures

Initiative and enterprise

presenting information to the public in an entertaining and informative way

responding effectively to a range of customer service situations

contributing to innovative and positive means of sharing culture

Planning and organising

checking condition of Sites and landscapes at regular intervals

maintaining Sites work records

planning the sequence and methods for delivering an information session

reviewing sources of information on the Aboriginal-sites work industry


comprehending cultural identity and worldviews

following workplace procedures including OHS

maintaining personal presentation standards

operating effectively within scope of individual responsibility

demonstrating an understanding of Cultural protocols and respecting the protocols and lore of the Community.

navigating Community systems and protocols to ensure transparent and professional/cultural respected outcomes.


comprehending cultural identity and place in Community

delivering information sessions to visitors and obtaining feedback on the sessions

identifying and using professional development opportunities

participating in ongoing cultural networks and relationships


operating Sites location and recording equipment

using audiovisual aids

using database applications

using the internet for research